February 17, 2017
WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – In recognition of National Engineer’s Week, Feb. 19-25, Baylor Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) students joined together to plan ECS Week, their adaptation of the event. The group organized activities that provide professional development opportunities, educate students about the value of careers in engineering and computer science, and foster community among Baylor’s engineering and computer science students.
The week will kick off with an egg drop competition on Feb. 20 at the East Village Parking Garage from 5 to 6 p.m. Baylor’s future engineers will compete in designing an apparatus to protect an egg from its fall off the top of the parking garage without breaking. Industry panels, demos and a pinewood derby all follow during the week, with an Amazing Race finale on Friday, Feb. 24.
“These events are designed to get students excited about ECS careers and show them the opportunities they present,” said Elliott Jost, Chair of the Baylor Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the ECS Week Planning Committee.
Adding to the excitement of the week, the ECS Undergraduate Programs office partnered with the Academy for Leadership Development within Baylor Student Life to bring Dr. Jedidah Isler to speak at the Ladies and Legos event on Feb. 22, sponsored by the Halliburton Foundation. Isler was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale with a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and is now an award-winning astrophysicist, TED Fellow, and nationally recognized speaker and advocate for inclusive STEM education.
“I thought the night sky was beautiful. The sky was mesmerizing and I couldn’t get enough of it as a child,” Isler said on how she became interested in astrophysics.
She’ll be on campus to share her story and promote conversation about diversity in engineering.
For a full list of the events scheduled for the week, visit Baylor's ASME Website
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